The History of Greece

The History of Greece

The History of Greece

The History of Greece

Synopsis

Charles Urban examines the career and legacy of the eponymous Anglo-American film producer. Urban is a well known and crucial figure in early film history for his development of Kinemacolor, the world's first successful natural color moving picture system. But Urban's influence was even more far-reaching, according to Luke McKernan. As McKernan reveals, Urban's deep belief in film as an educational tool led him to become an innovator of wartime propaganda. Based in material found in Urban's own papers and a deep knowledge of early film, Luke McKernan has put together an accessible, exciting, and informative biography.

Excerpt

The Hellenic Republic, the official name of Greece, is a parliamentary republic. Greece declared its independence from Ottoman rule in 1821 and officially became a nation-state in 1832. Greeks refer to their country as Hellas or Ellada, but Greece is the name that is internationally known and accepted.

Greeks have identified themselves as Hellenes, Romaioi, and Greeks. Greece comes from the Latin Graeci and is believed to have originated when colonists called Graeci came to Italy. Before long it was used when referring to all residents of Greece. Romaioi has been used from the fourth century AD until recent times. The people of Turkey continue to refer to Greeks as “Rums.” It means the “people of Rome” and was used to denote the Greeks of the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantine Empire), which continued to flourish after the fall of Rome in 476. The Greeks retained that name for themselves even after the War of Independence from Ottoman rule.

To the Christians, the name “Hellenes,” supposedly derived from a mythical ancestor Hellen, denoted paganism and thus fell out of favor in the fourth century AD. It was used again at about the seventh century. Greeks of today take pride in the name since it harkens back to their illustrious ancestors.

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.